Thursday 22 March 2018

Quick on the trigger

Can we ever begin to heal trauma by hiding from it?

Features writer Katie Byrne
Features writer Katie Byrne
Katie Byrne

Katie Byrne

Trigger warning: the following column deals with the subject of trigger warnings and may present a trigger to certain people.

When I was in school, there was a tacit code of conduct that everyone observed when a classmate lost a loved one. If a classmate had, say, lost her father, you were expected to refrain from saying the word 'Dad' in her company. Otherwise you'd receive a sharp kick under the table.

This always struck me as silly carry-on, not least because the nudges and widening of eyes that generally went on around the bereaved girl seemed to highlight the unpleasantness that her classmates were desperately trying to avoid.

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